The Google Pixel 8 just got its first update. Here’s what’s …

Holding the Google Pixel 8 Pro in front of a bush.
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Google has started rolling out a new software update for its Pixel phones, the first update for its latest Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro models. The update notes don’t mention the arrival of any new features, but the update does fix key issues that users have been complaining about on online forums for months and is applicable to the Pixel 8 series as well as its predecessors. Do it.

At the top of the list are fixes for display and graphics related issues, including the “green flash when display turns off in certain situations” issue. Google’s post mentions a specific scenario where the green screen issue appears, but users have been reporting it for some time.

Furthermore, the “green ghost for pixels” appears in different ways. A user shared an image of the Pixel 8 Pro on Reddit, which shows a vertical green line running across the screen. Others mention random screen flashing or permanent tint on both partial- and full-screen panels. The reports are at least a few years old and appear to affect phones as old as the Pixel 6 series.

Google says it has also fixed NFC-related issues. Once again, Reddit shows a healthy bunch of complaints documenting random NFC failure related to contactless payments. It appears that the Pixel 7 series is the epicenter of the NFC problems here, but the complaints extend to certain models and also cover older models like the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 generations. The latest complaint mentions that the NFC system of the Pixel 7 Pro failed after updating to Android 14.

Google says it has also fixed an issue that sometimes caused wallpapers to misalign. It appears that this issue was first noticed and resolved during the beta-testing phase of Android, but the issue persists on stable software builds.

Interestingly, the release notes don’t mention anything about fixing the recent storage access issue affecting Pixel 8 owners after installing the Android 14 update. Google said it is looking into the issue and has released a precautionary fix through the Google Play channel, but there is currently no recourse available for users whose devices are stuck in a boot loop cycle or factory reset. Is. ,

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